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    Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

    February 13, 2018

    By David Cullen

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    The biggest quibble—and it is one worth north of a trillion dollars— these interest groups have is with how the plan will be paid for. They are highly critical of the mere $200 billion in direct federal investment in all (not just for highways) the president contends is sufficient to stoke the spending of another $1.3 trillion or more in public (including state and local funds) and private investments to improve all of America’s infrastructure.

    For example, in a statement released shortly after the plan was rolled out on Deb. 12, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear applauded Trump for “kick-starting the debate.”

    But he roundly criticized the plan as a proposal that “falls short of the President’s campaign promise to go big and bold, because it lacks the required federal investment. A proposal that relies on fake funding schemes like highway tolls and privatizing rest areas will not generate the revenue necessary to make significant infrastructure improvements.”

    ATA: New Tolls a 'Non-Starter'
    Spear frankly stressed that “new tolling on existing interstates is a non-starter for our industry. Tolls are ineffective and wasteful, with as much as 33% of revenue being wasted on administrative and overhead costs.

    He also called attention to the status of the Highway Trust Fund, which is supposed to hold monies to finance most federal spending for highways and mass transit projects. The fund is meant to be replenished by proceeds from the federal fuel tax and related excise taxes.

    “We also have grave concerns with the failure of the Administration’s budget proposal and infrastructure proposal to address the imminent collapse of the Highway Trust Fund,” said Spear. “To be blunt, America is hurtling toward a highway funding cliff.

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    NATSO also reiterated its strong opposition to the White House proposal to commercialize rest areas. “We urge the president to reverse his support for rest area commercialization. Commercialization allows the government to hand-pick one company to operate exclusively at the state rest areas; this company behaves as a monopoly simply by virtue of its location on the highway shoulder or median,” Mullings said.
    We could call it the pay to poop plan, or ...
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    Don't worry Mexico will pay for the infustructure plan as soon as they pay for the wall.
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    We could call it the pay to poop plan, or ...
    Trumps probably creating another shell corp for the maintenance and repair of rest areas, as we post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzareta View Post
    Trumps probably creating another shell corp for the maintenance and repair of rest areas, as we post.
    I can see the protest signs ow - Take a dump on trump

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